Pop culture journalist GREGG SHAPIRO writes about music, movies, literature and theater for several regional publications from coast-to-coast. His creative work has appeared in a multitude of literary journals, including Blithe House Quarterly (BHQ1.1, BHQ2.3, BHQ5.4), as well as numerous anthologies and textbooks. Presently, he lives in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood with his partner Rick Karlin, and their dogs Dusty and k.d.
ALDO ALVAREZ, a two-year resident of Chicago currently moving from Lincoln Square to Ravenswood, loves this city and has no plans to leave unless all the slam poets, confessional monologuists and other theatre people drive him out for going against local custom and writing short fiction.
Alvarez is the author of INTERESTING MONSTERS (Graywolf Press), a collection of short fiction. A nominee for the 2002 Violet Quill Award, City Pages called INTERESTING MONSTERS "experimental fiction meant for wide audiences -- very accessible and entertaining...It is also queer fiction that has grown up past adolescence; it's affectionate and funny, but reasonable."
Aldo received a Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Columbia University in the city of New York and a Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University (SUNY). He was a Fiction Scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in 1998. Aldo Alvarez was featured in OUT Magazine's OUT 100 list of "gay success stories of 2001".
Visit Aldo Alvarez's homesite at http://www.blithe.com/aa/
KEN HUNT is the author of three books of poetry, most recently THIS CARCASS IS A ROAD MAP, and the publisher of the zine Perpetually Bad Timing.The Austin Chronicle called his first book WEAPONS PROHIBITED ON PREMISES/PROHIBIDAS LAS ARMAS EN ESTA LOCAL,"one of the finest local chaps [put out] in the last couplea years." The Chicago Tribune called his performances "hysterical."
A native of Seattle, Hunt graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in journalism and Spanish. He has written for the Seattle Times, New York Times and Austin Chronicle, as well as published in many community and weekly papers. In Boston he was a reporter and producer for the Allston-Brighton Edition, a progressive public affairs news program. He is currently based on Chicago teaching English as a second language and "singing" in the art-noise band Unplanned Pregnancy.
Visit Ken Hunt's website at http://www.nenpapress.net
ERIC KARL ANDERSON's novel, ENOUGH, was published in June 2004. More info can be found at http://www.pearlstreetpublishing.com. His work has appeared in Blithe House Quarterly (BHQ6.3), Riverbabble, Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly and Tatlin's Tower. He lives in London.
DAVE AWL is the author of WHAT THE SEA MEANS: Poems, Stories and Monologues 1987-2002. He is the founder of The Pansy Kings performance group and a ten-year veteran of The Neo-Futurists' fringe theater smash Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. His writing and distinctive voice have been featured on the NPR programs Anthem and This American Life. He lives in Chicago with his cat and comic foil Dragon Lady. His Web site, Ocelot Factory, is at http://www.ocelotfactory.com.
JAMES BOVAN currently resides in Chicago, a transplant of eleven years from rural Michigan. James works as a psychotherapist with children in foster care. This is his first published writing.
KURT HEINTZ is a writer, performer, and new media artist whose output grows from contemporary video art, performance poetry, poetry video, and electronic literature, all emerging from their own aesthetic schools in Chicago from the 1970s through the present. He advocates "aural literacy," a holistic regard for language art in speech and text, contextualized with visual and performative phenomena; new media enable a rigorous critique for aural literacy where it was once very hard to assemble. Heintz served as technical consultant for the Electronic Literature Organization from 1999 through 2002. His work appears in SHORT FUSE (Rattapallax Press, NYC, 2002; poetry), on CD in Paper Tiger issues #1 and #2 (Paper Tiger Media, West End, Queensland, Australia, 2001/'02; poetry video), and in MANTIS 1: poetry and community (Stanford Univ. Press, CA, 2001; essay). He is founder of the e-poets network.
DEB R. LEWIS currently seeks to publish her first novel, THESE MUNDANE FREAKS, and is working on several manuscripts, including a second book. Deb’s fiction has appeared in International Drummer, Bad Attitude, Velvet Mafia, Dyversity (UK), Pigeon, Blue, Mobius: A Journal for Social Change, Sleepwalk, and multiple issues of the award-winning fiction annual, Hair Trigger. Her articles have appeared in Sandmutopia Guardian and THE WOMAN-CENTERED ECONOMY (a Third Side Press anthology). She holds a B.A. in English Rhetoric (University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana) and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Columbia College, Chicago). She is an adjunct professor in the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College and an associate editor for F Magazine. For updates and further information, please visit http://www.DebRLewis.com.
KAREN LEE OSBORNE is the author of the novels CARLYLE SIMPSON (Academy Chicago, 1986) and HAWKWINGS (Third Side Press, 1991), the editor of THE COUNTRY OF HERSELF: Short Fiction by Chicago Women (Third Side, 1993), and co-editor, with William Spurlin, of RECLAIMING THE HEARTLAND: Lesbian and Gay Voices from the Midwest (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 1996). She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver and teaches in the English Department at Columbia College of Chicago. One of her stories was the basis for the lesbian independent film A Common Flower (1992), directed by Doreen Bartoni. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in many journals and collections. “Secrets, 1916” is an excerpt from a novel in progress. Previous chapters have appeared in North American Review.
K.R. RANDEN is a 24 year old writer living in Chicago, IL. While short stories are his mainstay, he performs on stage, most recently at the Queer is Folk Festival. He is presently finishing a collection of stories and poems.
GERARD WOZEK is the author of DERVISH which won the Gival Press Poetry Book Award. His poetry and short prose have appeared in various journals and anthologies including EROTIC TRAVEL TALES, REBEL YELL 2, QUEER DOG, THE ROAD WITHIN, BEST GAY EROTICA 1998, the Harrington Fiction Quarterly and Blithe House Quarterly (BHQ2.2), Recently, his short film, "A Bird In Hand: Thirteen Postcards from Paris" took top honors at the Edgewise Poetry Video Festival in Vancouver, B.C. His video "Elemental Reels" can be viewed at Planet Out's "Popcorn Q" cinema. He is an associate professor of English at Robert Morris College in Chicago.
YVONNE ZIPTER is the author of the nonfiction books RANSACKING THE CLOSET and DIAMONDS ARE A DYKE'S BEST FRIEND, the nationally syndicated column "Inside Out," and the critically acclaimed poetry collection THE PATIENCE OF METAL. She was a finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Award, a semifinalist for the Pablo Neruda Poetry Award, and tied for third for Chicago Public Radio's "Why I Should Be Poet Laureate of Illinois" Contest. Her poems and humorous essays have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies, and she is a recipient of the Sprague-Todes Literary Award. A Midwesterner nearly her whole life, she has lived in Chicago for more than twenty years now.
An interview with Yvonne Zipter about her poetry can be found at the Spoon River Poetry Review website.
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